storm warning

a showing of storm signals.
Meteorology. a National Weather Service warning of winds having speeds of 48 knots (55 mph, 25 m/sec) or greater. Compare hurricane warning, warning ( def 3 ).
any sign of approaching trouble: The troops on the border were a storm warning, and we prepared for war. His angry look was a storm warning.

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storm warning
1.  a pattern of lights, flags, etc, displayed at certain ports as a warning to shipping of an approaching storm
2.  an announcement on radio or television of an approaching storm
3.  any warning of approaching danger or trouble

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Example sentences
One of the square flags warns mariners that a storm warning has been posted.
When one of these red flags are hanging, that warns mariners that a storm warning has been posted.
The funds will be used to purchase a storm warning siren and turn out gear for the volunteer fire department.
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